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Why Supply Chain Management?

Supply chain management touches every function of global commerce: marketing, sourcing, manufacturing, logistics, inventory management, information technology, and customer relations. Itís not simply a tactical function; itís a business function. Itís about the people, processes, and technology that propel products through the global economy.

Now more than ever, companies need innovative leaders with the vision and skill to manage the entire life cycle of goods and services. Companies are seeking leaders with backgrounds in engineering, economics, information science, systems analysis, and other fields who have the specialized knowledge to hit the ground running and solidify the companyís long-term competitive advantage.

The Ross School's Master of Supply Chain Management Program (MSCM), ranked No. 2 in the nation, delivers those leaders. Students in our program learn from Ross' world-renowned faculty in operations and management science, as well as top-ranked researchers in all business disciplines. MSCM students are admitted to the Tauber Institute for Global Operations, a partnership between the Ross School and U-M's College of Engineering. In addition, students develop ties to industry through the MSCM Corporate Advisory Council, a consortium of senior executives and decision-makers for Fortune 100 and 500 companies. Upon graduation Ross alumni join a network of more than 40,000 business school graduates and half a million University of Michigan alumni around the world.

MEET THE ROSS MSCMs

  • Marisol Ferrandiz Mendoza
    MSCM Ď10
    Crew Manager
    LAN Chile, LATAM Airlines Group

    Santiago, Chile

    The leadership training at Ross has enabled Marisol Ferrandiz Mendoza, MSCM '10, to manage a large staff at a major airline.

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  • Roy Yoo
    MSCM '11
    Supply Chain Supervisor
    University of Michigan Health System

    Ann Arbor, Mich.

    Going through MSCM Boot Camp, Roy Yoo, MSCM '11, learned not only the basics of business, but a lot about himself.

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  • Jinjing Qian
    MSCM '11
    Manager, Global Supply Chain
    Microsoft Corp.

    Redmond, Wash.

    Jinjing Qian, MSCM '12, came to Ross not just for the MSCM Program, but to learn about American culture. Her hard work landed her a position at a famous company.

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  • Jim Beaver
    MSCM Ď12
    Commodity Sourcing Manager
    Parker Hannifin

    Richland, Mich.

    During a Tauber Institute project with ConAgra Foods Inc., operations-oriented Jim Beaver, MSCM '12, gained insight into high-level strategy.

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  • Malvika Bhatia
    BSE Ď11/MSCM Ď12
    Sourcing Manager
    Microsoft Corp.

    Redmond, Wash.

    As the co-founder of a company, Malvika wanted to gain deeper understanding of the supply chain. Action-based projects let her apply new knowledge immediately.

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  • Matthew Carson
    MSCM Ď12
    Perfect Execution Manager
    Emerson Electric Co.

    McKinney, Texas

    "The Ross MSCM gives you a solid tool kit you can apply to the most complex supply chain problem."

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  • Rahul Chowdhury
    MSCM Ď12
    Senior Manager
    Global Business
    Process, Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

    Bentonville, Ark.

    Rahul says his Ross education helped him gain a global perspective on supply chain management, but it also gave him essential career development tools.

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  • Amanda Hillman
    MS/MSCM Ď12
    Supply Chain and Manufacturing Consultant
    Deloitte

    Chicago, Ill.

    Amanda was the first MSCM student to earn a dual degree through the Ross School and U-Mís School of Natural Resources and Environment.

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  • Shashank Kadetotad
    MSCM Ď12
    Operations Manager
    Amazon

    Chattanooga, Tenn.

    Shashank came to Ross because of its reputation and world-class faculty. But by graduation, he found his peers were an equally valuable part of his experience.

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  • Jingjing Qian
    MSCM Ď12
    Manager, Global Supply Chain
    Microsoft Corp.

    Seattle, Wash.

    Jinging came to Ross not just for the MSCM Program, but to learn about American culture. Her hard work landed her a position at a famous American company.

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  • Amy Betke
    MSCM '09
    Supply Chain Engineer
    Ryder Supply Chain Solutions

    Novi, Mich.

    "I learned a lot from the classes and professors, but I learned a lot from my peers, too."

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CORPORATE ADVISORY COUNCIL

  • Mike Duffy
    Executive VP
    of Global Manufacturing & Supply Chain

    Cardinal Health

    "The MSCM Program delivers candidates who learn to think and act like general managers. Having leaders with both supply chain expertise and strong business acumen is critical for us to deliver on our goals and strategies."

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  • Kevin Harrington
    VP of Global Business Operations

    Cisco Systems Inc.

    "By contributing to the Corporate Advisory Council, I get to know the MSCM students firsthand. Itís a great opportunity to watch students perform and develop, which greatly informs hiring decisions."

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  • Suresh Krishna
    VP of Global Operations and Integration

    Polaris Industries Inc.

    "Working with faculty and students on Tauber projects is a great way for me to tap some tremendous expertise and generate results in a very, very short period of time. That connection between industry and academia is a unique cornerstone of this program."

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  • Sanjay Ramaswamy
    Chief Information Officer, Supply Chain

    Johnson & Johnson

    "Thereís an incredible openness on the part of the Ross faculty to invite industry leadersí ideas about what is most relevant to the work we do. By shaping the curriculum, CAC members help make sure MSCM students hit the ground running."

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  • Samar Sarma
    Principal Consultant, Value Chain Planning Group

    Oracle

    "As an alumnus, I feel the one-year format is perfect for the person who is sure about a career in supply chain management. You get into industry quickly and see a fast return on your investment. I enjoy sharing my perspective as a member of the CAC."

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